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Arugula and Spinach Salad

Prepare this simple arugula and spinach salad recipe when you need a side dish in a pinch. All you need is fresh spinach, arugula, thinly sliced radishes, and freshly grated parmesan to create an in-season salad that pairs perfectly with grilled chicken, shrimp, steak, and salmon. For another variation, try crispy quinoa and arugula salad.

Arugula and Spinach Salad in a serving bowl with sherry shallot dressing.

Do Spinach and Arugula Go Together?

Combine spinach and arugula for a refreshing salad that is healthy and delicious. The peppery arugula complements fresh spinach to make a delicious base for your salad. Toss the greens with other in-season vegetables like fresh radishes to brighten and enhance the flavor.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Arugula and Spinach: Use an equal amount of each for the base of this salad that’s full of fresh flavor.
  • Radishes: Thinly sliced radishes are a bright and colorful addition to the salad. Plus, they are in season around the same time as spinach and arugula!
  • Lemon Vinaigrette: Combine one clove of fresh garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and black pepper for a simple lemon dressing.

Additions and Substitutions

There are many ways to make an arugula and spinach salad. We provide a base for the salad in this recipe, but there is plenty of room to get creative and experiment with tasty additions.

  • Fruit: My husband has a sweet tooth, so for his salads, I always add a bit of fruit, like fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or dried cranberries.
  • Nuts and Seeds: Sprinkle nuts and seeds like toasted pecans, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds.
  • Cheese: Add savoriness to the salad and replace the parmesan by finishing it with crumbled goat, feta, or bleu cheese.
  • Vegetables: Swap out the radishes for other vegetables like thinly sliced red onions, shallots, or bell peppers. Similar to fall kale salad, you can add air fryer acorn or butternut squash if you prefer vegetables that are a bit more filling.

How to Make Arugula and Spinach Salad

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Peel, cut, and mince the fresh garlic. Transfer them to an airtight container.

Shallots and the bottom of a glass container.

Step 2: Stir in the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Then, whisk in the olive oil to emulsify. Set it aside.

Sherry shallot dressing in a container in front of a salad.

Step 3: Add fresh arugula and spinach to a mixing bowl and toss to incorporate. Top the greens with sliced radishes and freshly shaved parmesan.

Arugula, spinach and cut up radishes in a serving bowl.

Step 4: Serve with lemon vinaigrette or sherry shallot dressing, and enjoy!

A small plate of Arugula and Spinach Salad with a side of sherry shallot dressing.

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A small plate of Arugula and Spinach Salad with a side of sherry shallot dressing, and a serving bowl of the salad in the background.

Serving Suggestions

Arugula and spinach salad tastes great with bright lemon vinaigrette, miso vinaigrettesherry shallot dressing, or blackberry vinaigrette. However, you can also toss the fresh salad greens with avocado green goddess dressing or homemade pistachio pesto.

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What to do with the Leftovers

  • Refrigerate: Store the salad and the dressing in separate containers for 3-4 days.

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Arugula and Spinach Salad in a serving bowl with sherry shallot dressing.

Arugula and Spinach Salad

Tressa Jamil
Prepare simple arugula and spinach salad when you need a meal in a pinch, paired with grilled chicken, shrimp, steak, or roasted vegetables.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 292 kcal
Equipment
Ingredients
  
For the Lemon Vinaigrette:
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • lemon juice, 2-3 lemons
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
  • ½ cup olive oil
For the Salad:
  • 3 cups arugula
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1 package radishes, washed and sliced
  • ¼ pound parmesan cheese chunk, fresh shaved
Instructions
 
  • Peel, cut, and mince the fresh garlic. Transfer them to an airtight container.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Then, whisk in the olive oil to emulsify. Set it aside.
  • Add fresh arugula and spinach to a mixing bowl and toss to incorporate. Top the greens with sliced radishes and freshly shaved parmesan. Serve with lemon vinaigrette or sherry shallot dressing, and enjoy!
Notes
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Nutrition
Serving: 1 Serving | Calories: 292 kcal | Carbohydrates: 3 g | Protein: 9 g | Fat: 28 g | Saturated Fat: 7 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17 g | Cholesterol: 15 mg | Sodium: 614 mg | Potassium: 187 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 2153 IU | Vitamin C: 12 mg | Calcium: 310 mg | Iron: 1 mg
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Recipe Rating




Deepti

Saturday 19th of August 2023

This spinach and arugula salad looks so appealing! I love salads with greens and I am going to try it soon. Thanks for sharing.

Tressa Jamil

Saturday 19th of August 2023

It's one of my go-to side dishes because it's easily customizable. I hope you enjoy!